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post #1516 of 1527
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Originally Posted by tonet64 View Post
 

Roksan M2 power amp has inputs and outputs on both RCA and XLR connectors.

Did you plug the interconnect cables in the input connectors of the amp?

There's a switch between the XLRs and RCAs to select which type of inputs you want to use.

Check if the right one is selected

AAAARG your right DUH!

I cant test again untill Saturday, i'll let you know

Thanks mate

Alex

post #1517 of 1527
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Originally Posted by tonet64 View Post
 

Roksan M2 power amp has inputs and outputs on both RCA and XLR connectors.

Did you plug the interconnect cables in the input connectors of the amp?

There's a switch between the XLRs and RCAs to select which type of inputs you want to use.

Check if the right one is selected.


hello again,

having selected the correct switch to balanced outputs everything is tickity boo,

thanks for all of your help guys

now driving my Hifiman He-6's from the speaker taps off the Roksan M2 fed with the M51 from my laptop through coaxial Audiophellio2

very pleased with what i'm hearing.

One question though can the NAD M51 not be configured so that the digital display reads from 0 upwards it's pretty weird going from -40db and going down to -20db which is where I generally find my volume comfort level. If that were on a regular dial It'd probably be at 2 or 3 o'clock (I listen loud)

post #1518 of 1527
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Originally Posted by Alexxander View Post
 


hello again,

having selected the correct switch to balanced outputs everything is tickity boo,

thanks for all of your help guys

now driving my Hifiman He-6's from the speaker taps off the Roksan M2 fed with the M51 from my laptop through coaxial Audiophellio2

very pleased with what i'm hearing.

One question though can the NAD M51 not be configured so that the digital display reads from 0 upwards it's pretty weird going from -40db and going down to -20db which is where I generally find my volume comfort level. If that were on a regular dial It'd probably be at 2 or 3 o'clock (I listen loud)

 

I don't get what you want.
0 db means maximum loudness. Everything below is quieter and thus has negative scale.
This is what every preamp does - attenuate and not amplify.

post #1519 of 1527
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Originally Posted by roger7 View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alexxander View Post
 


hello again,

having selected the correct switch to balanced outputs everything is tickity boo,

thanks for all of your help guys

now driving my Hifiman He-6's from the speaker taps off the Roksan M2 fed with the M51 from my laptop through coaxial Audiophellio2

very pleased with what i'm hearing.

One question though can the NAD M51 not be configured so that the digital display reads from 0 upwards it's pretty weird going from -40db and going down to -20db which is where I generally find my volume comfort level. If that were on a regular dial It'd probably be at 2 or 3 o'clock (I listen loud)

 

I don't get what you want.
0 db means maximum loudness. Everything below is quieter and thus has negative scale.
This is what every preamp does - attenuate and not amplify.

Correct...

 

Displaying negative values is the correct way to denote attenuation.  If the preamp was amplifying the source signal, then it will/should display positive values.

post #1520 of 1527

XLR-RCA adapter cable for the NAD m51

 

Don't know if this is covered in this thread by now - but some might find it interesting that NAD says you can use the XLR(AES/EBU)-input from an RCA spdif source, with the use of a RCA-XLR cable.

Here is the wiring according to the NAD tech I asked. 

 

Quote:

Thank you for contacting the NAD Support Center regarding the M51 digital RCA to XLR cable wiring layout.

The wiring configuration is as follows:
XLR + to CD's RCA + 
XLR- to CD's RCA -

I hope this information is helpful.

 

Since I suddenly sold my M51, I never got to try it for myself, though. Maybe someone else have tried this?

post #1521 of 1527
I've just purchased my NAD M51, it's coming all the way from Austria so I guess I'll have it not before next week.

I'm replacing my Nuforce AVP-18 preamp with it, as I give up on multichannel audio and want to go back to Hifi stereo. The Nuforce goes for sale, together with my Sony TA-N220 power amp which I used for rear and center speakers.

The NAD M51 will be driving my two loyal Quad 405 power amps. I have two, because I am bi-amping my speakers. Here comes my question. The Quad's only have RCA inputs. I need two RCA outputs per channel. The M51 only has one.

I see two options:
a/ using y-splitters connected to the M51's RCA outputs
b/ using an XLR to RCA plug on the M51

My preference is solution B, using a plug like this:
http://www.bax-shop.nl/xlr-rca/procab-clp101-xlr-female-rca-female-adapter#specificaties

My question is, will that give the same output voltage and attenuation level on both the outputs (RCA and XLR to RCA) so that my sound is equal on both channels when using the same amps?




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post #1522 of 1527
Two other questions:
1/ Can the M51 pass through 4K video signals coming in through HDMI?
2/ Does the M51 have the possibility to receive audio from the HDMI output (this is called ARC)?


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post #1523 of 1527
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Originally Posted by Arcee View Post

Two other questions:
1/ Can the M51 pass through 4K video signals coming in through HDMI?
2/ Does the M51 have the possibility to receive audio from the HDMI output (this is called ARC)?


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1/ no idea
2/ yes. I had my M50 connected via HDMI to my M51 prior to upgrading to M12. Easily the best quality connection due to i2s advantage

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post #1524 of 1527

Hi Arcee,

 

Solution B will work for you.

In Stereophile test JA measured the ouput voltage of both XLR and RCA outputs and found that the XLR output voltage is exactly the double of the RCA's.

Since you will use only the positive phase of the balanced output with the XLR-RCA adapter you will get absolutely the same level in same phase as on the RCAs.

 

Best,

Toni

post #1525 of 1527

There's a +12v trigger in. What is it used for?

Is it a DC input from ext LPSU?

post #1526 of 1527
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Originally Posted by Rony Carlos View Post
 

There's a +12v trigger in. What is it used for?

Is it a DC input from ext LPSU?

No, it's not for the ext LPS.

 

It's normal trigger in function like in many other audio gears:

power on, power off the device from another device with trigger out function like preamp, player etc.

post #1527 of 1527
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Originally Posted by tonet64 View Post

Hi Arcee,

 

Solution B will work for you.

In Stereophile test JA measured the ouput voltage of both XLR and RCA outputs and found that the XLR output voltage is exactly the double of the RCA's.

Since you will use only the positive phase of the balanced output with the XLR-RCA adapter you will get absolutely the same level in same phase as on the RCAs.

 

Best,

Toni


Thanks so much Toni for your advice. I've hooked up both Quads with one channel (the highs) to the XLR/RCA adapter and the other to RCA and like this I am bi-amping both channels. Works like a charm and the sound is better than when using Y splitters. Indeed the same level in the same phase comes out. Exactly the solution I was hoping for!


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